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Old 03-02-2008, 09:41 AM
Location: West Michigan
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Originally Posted by jonjj View Post
Well, let's take these one by one:
1. Morgage/housing issue is temporary. Eventually it will not be an issue. So I would cross that one off the list in about 2 years or less. The housing market has ups and downs.
2. drought problems: With this issue, I guess I would be leary of anyplace without a long-lasting water supply. I am not familiar with which places would have that issue. But, I would think the southwest would be one. The drought in the southeast is slowly ending. Again, drought is also cyclical.
3. Pollution: There are all types of this issue. I would think that any large or medium sized city would be affected by this. Actually, I think everyplace is affected by this. So, no sense moving.
4. Increasing crime: Well, you leave a place that has a crime-issue. Move to a place and it gets a crime issue. It's a gamble. I will stay where I am. (Baltimore: which currently has a 20 year low for homicides this year). This is another gamble. If something catostraphic (sp.) happens, I would think even the safest place in the states would then be caught up in it.
5. Unemployment: Well, with this one, I really don't see the car companies coming back. But, that could change with engineering and new technology in the future. For now, I guess I would rule out Michigan.
6. Swarms of people: Where will the future swarms head to? Currently, I guess I would rule out everyplace without good planning and efficient mass transit. (Phoenix, Las Vegas come to mind--but that could change.)

So--in the long and short of it, I would stay right here in Baltimore and survive the best I can.
Only thing I would dispute with this list is number 5. Michigan has much more than the auto industry. Always has, always will. Some areas are doing quite well and even have job growth and population growth.
Other than that minor difference I think you are right on the money.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:53 PM
Location: Ameren Lockdown
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Well...I used to live in Denver. I don't think the pollution problem there is the same as everywhere...and the crime is not the same as everywhere. I'm talking degrees. We all have different experiences in life and are at different stages in life, needs are different. too. If a person has health issues, such as asthma, they might want to leave the Denver area (for example). Other people seek warmth for health reasons. Some people have skills better appreciated in other areas of the country. And some people have had enough of crazy life that they just want to take it easy. The point of life is not to just grit your teeth and bear it. People have real needs.
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:07 PM
Location: Tampa Bay Area, FL
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Wisconsin....some of the lowest crime, best education, ranks top 20 by per capita income. Enough said.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:27 AM
Location: Denver
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well if you are talking subsistence you'd better consider food supply, which probably would be farmland, preferably somewhere there's enough winter to kill pests and enough growing season to grow.
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